University governanceRemuneration Committee

Terms of reference

To be responsible for

  • receiving comparative information on senior salaries and, where relevant, other emoluments and conditions of service, in the university sector and beyond as appropriate.
  • assessing the performance of and confirming the remuneration and conditions of service of, the Principal, taking account, where relevant, of the provisions of the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances.  In assessing the performance of the Principal, views will be sought from members of Court and account will be taken of the implementation of the University’s strategic plan and the achievement of Key Performance Indicators agreed by Court;
  • confirming the remuneration and conditions of service of the University Secretary, taking account, where relevant, of the provisions of the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances;
  • confirming the remuneration and conditions of service of other employed Senior Officers required for the proper governance of the University, taking into account, where relevant, the provisions of the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances. These posts being the Vice- Principal, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Commercial Officer, the Executive Dean of each Faculty and the Associate Principals;
  • ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place for seeking the views of key University stakeholders in relation to the remuneration of the Principal and the Senior Officers listed above;
  • confirming the remuneration and conditions of service of Directors of Professional Services required for the proper governance of the University, taking into account, where relevant, the provisions of the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances;
  • reviewing performance information of the above post holders, normally on an annual basis, and determining what adjustments should be made to the remuneration and conditions of service;
  • confirming the terms of agreed severance and/or early retirement of any of the above post holders. In so-doing, Remuneration Committee will ensure that it does not agree to any severance package which might be reasonably deemed excessive;
  • deciding on any issues referred to it involving the remuneration and conditions of service of Senior Staff where such a referral would represent good practice in the conduct of public life;
  • confirming the University’s position on the affordability and acceptability of the terms of any national pay agreement proposed or entered into by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association;
  • ensuring that, in keeping within the terms of data protection legislation, pay decisions are appropriately transparent and salaries of the Executive Team are published by salary band;
  • reviewing and recommending to Court, at appropriate intervals, the policies and processes in place to support the Committee’s decision-making, including any material changes to these;
  • reporting to Court on an annual basis with sufficient detail to satisfy Court that the responsibilities outlined above have been appropriately discharged. 

Composition

  • The Convener of Court ex officio
  • The Treasurer ex officio
  • Up to  five other members, appointed based on their skills and experience. These may be existing members of Court or external individuals co-opted to provide expertise not otherwise available amongst the membership of Court, subject to there being a majority of lay members on the Committee at all times (with the majority of these being members of Court) *

    The Committee’s Convener must be a lay member of Court and must not be the Convener of Court.

In attendance: The Principal**
Secretary: Director of Human Resources***

* Members of Court serving on the Committee will do so for a period concurrent with their membership of Court. Externally co-opted members will serve for an initial period of up to three years and will be eligible for reappointment twice.

** The Principal is not a member of the Remuneration Committee but will attend meetings at the invitation of the Chair in order to inform discussions on the remuneration and conditions of service of other Senior Officers. The Principal will not attend when his or her own remuneration and/or conditions of service are considered or determined.

*** The Secretary will withdraw when his or her own case is being considered.